Natural History Society of Maryland:
Exploring & Preserving Maryland's Natural Treasures

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Upcoming events

    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Natural History Society of Maryland
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    SKULLS & TEETH NATURE CONNECTIONS IS BACK!! Come join us and some local experts at the Natural History Society of Maryland for a fun afternoon learning about the most fascinating and informative part of the body, the skull! Come take a look at different animal skulls from a gorilla to a deer. Learn how to examine skulls to determine not only what type of animal it came from, but also what the animal ate, how old they were when they died, how they died, and in some cases if they were a male or female.

    Feel free to bring skulls from your own collection to share and get some help with Identification!

    This will be a casual program, so please feel free to stop in and stay as long as you like between 1 and 3pm.

    Location: The Natural History Society of Maryland

    Cost: Free


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    NHSM is a mostly volunteer-led organization, so the fees you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.  Please consider donating or becoming a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland and visit www.marylandnature.org for more information. Thank you for your support!

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 3600 Eastwood Drive
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    Can you believe that Beavers, an important keystone species in North America, live in the city of Baltimore? They do. Join William (Bill) Curtis to look for beaver activity in the Herring Run!

    Not only will Bill show how to read the signs of beaver activity, but he will also talk about the important role that beavers have in creating the American landscape as we enjoy it today, and how other species (including us humans!) depend on their work.  Hopefully we will be able to see a beaver or two! All ages are welcome to join us and we really encourage our young naturalists to join us!

    Difficulty: Easy-moderate. Most of the trail is level and paved. There is one grassy hill we have to negotiate. The route is not wheelchair accessible. Easy for kids. Total walking distance will be about 1.2 miles.

    What to wear: PREPARE FOR THE COLD!!! Dress in warm layers with non-cotton articles of clothing, and don't forget to wear gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, etc. And don’t forget good walking shoes/boots.

    What to bring: Water, and a good sense of humor!

    Location: We will meet at the top of the Eastwood Sledding Hill, 3600 block of Eastwood Drive.

    Cost: NHSM Member Price: $10 per person / Non-Member Price: $15 per person

    Note: "Member" refers to being a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland NOT a member of the Natural History Society's Meetup page. We hope you consider becoming a member of NHSM, please visit our webpage at www.marylandnature.org to learn more.

    You can pay in person by cash or check, or online at http://marylandnature.org/events/

    If you don’t see the event you are looking for, please hover your cursor over the image until the vertical scroll bar appears on the right hand side.

    Who’s Bill?

    Bill Curtis is a National Park Ranger currently stationed at Hampton National Historic Site and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. While a history major at Gettysburg College he began his career as a Licensed Battlefield Guide.  His NPS career has included full time duty as an interpreter, law enforcement officer, and he now works in the Resource Management Division, splitting his time between museum work and helping to care for the historic landscape. He is a Maryland Master Naturalist. He is happily married and the proud father of two.


    As always this time of year, snow is a possibility! Please check back on Meetup or our Facebook page in the case of cancellation or postponement if snow is a possibility. We will try to make the call the day before at the latest.



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    Bill, like most of the other people leading NHSM, is a volunteer, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.  Please consider donating or becoming a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland and visit www.marylandnature.org for more information. Thank you for your support!

    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 21 Apr 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Natural History Society of Maryland
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    Want to dig up some fun this spring? Please join us for an exciting 6 session introductory course to archaeology taught by Lisa Krauss and Jason Shellenhamer.


    This is a fun, interactive, thought-provoking class that provides a thorough introduction to the discipline of archaeology in an approachable way. We’ll talk about the history of archaeology, archaeological research and excavation techniques, how to analyze artifacts, archaeological sites both glamorous and not-so-glamorous, and what it all means for those of us living in the present day. The course ends with a day of fieldwork in Herring Run Park.


    Each session, with the exception of the last one (4/21) will be held at the Natural History Society of Maryland from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Session 6 (4/21) will be held off-site during the day (all TBD).


    Syllabus


    (1) Wednesday, March 14: A Brief Archaeology of Archaeology (What is Archaeology?


    (2) Wednesday, March 21: Digging and Thinking: Archaeological Data and the Research Process


    (3) Wednesday, March 28: Context and Chronology: How Time Works


    (4) Wednesday, April 11: The Fun Stuff: Archaeological Fieldwork and Excavation


    (5) Wednesday, April 18: More Fun Stuff: Artifacts


    (6) Saturday, April 21: Even More Fun Stuff: Day of Fieldwork in Herring Run Park


    Cost: $144 per person - Please pay online at http://www.marylandnature.org/events


    Instructors:


    Lisa Kraus, Co-founder and Project Director of the Herring Run Archaeology Project, holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and historical archaeology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her undergraduate degree in anthropology at the College of William and Mary. She has been working in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1999, and previously worked in the Four Corners Region of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico with the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Kraus currently serves as an archaeologist for the Maryland Environmental Service/Maryland State Highway Administration. She has a particular interest in public archaeology, archaeology of the African Diaspora, and archaeology of the Chesapeake region. In addition to her volunteer work with the Herring Run Archaeology Project, Dr. Kraus also serves as a co-curator of archaeology at the Natural History Society of Maryland.


    Jason Shellenhamer, Co-founder and Project Director of the Herring Run Archaeology Project, completed his Master’s of Applied Anthropology at the University of Maryland in 2004. Prior to arriving in Maryland, he obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College. Mr. Shellenhamer is currently the Senior Project Archaeologist at the Baltimore Headquarters of Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP. His projects have included excavations at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historic Park, Antietam National Battlefield, the Peterson House at Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site, and the excavations of the Baltimore defenses in Patterson Park during the War of 1812. Mr. Shellenhamer also served as the co-curator of archaeology at the Natural History Society of Maryland.


    Bring (optional): Materials and supplies for taking notes (including laptop or electronic notebook)



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    The Natural History Society of Maryland is a mostly volunteer-led organization and all fees will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.  Donate or become a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland by visiting www.marylandnature.org. We appreciate your suppor


    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Banneker Historical Park & Museum - Conference Room at 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, MD
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    If mosses intrigue you when you hike but you wonder exactly what you are seeing, this is your chance to figure it out in a fun environment. On the last Saturday of each month, we'll take a closer look at a moss or two and work together to identify them. We'll introduce you to the vocabulary and work through moss keys together. A walk down your street will never be the same!

    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 10 May 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • The Natural History Society of Maryland
    • 21
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    Please join us for a fantastic 6 session course about climate and weather with Martin Schmidt this spring! This is a perfect course for beginners.


    We're immersed in the weather all the time. This class will help you observe and make sense of what's happening around us.  Weather forecasts abound, but when we look for patterns in our everyday weather we can understand the processes underlying those forecasts.  


    During these six classes we'll look at many sources of information we have today--from local to global.  After examining the systems that create our usual daily weather, we'll look at extremes like thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes to see how they form, grow, and dissipate.  And, of course, we will look at what science says is happening in regard to climate change, including what to expect and what actions the data indicate are needed.


    Some of the specific topics that will be covered include:

    • Weather features, how they are measured, and what they tell us

    • Sources of weather data and forecasts, and how to examine patterns in data.

    • Global atmospheric circulation patterns and seasons

    • How high and low pressure systems create everyday weather

    • Weather extremes and being prepared for them

    • Climate - what it has been, what influences it, how it's changing now


    Instructor: Martin Schmidt


    Suggested Resource: The Weather Book, by Jack Williams


    Bring (optional): Materials and supplies for taking notes (including laptop or electronic notebook)


    Cost: $144 - Please pay online at http://www.marylandnature.org/events


    We will be meeting every Thursday from April 5, 2018 through May 10, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Below are the specific dates for each session:


    Thursday April 5

    Thursday April 12

    Thursday April 19

    Thursday April 26

    Thursday May 3

    Thursday May 10


    Martin Schmidt has been teaching grades 9-12 at McDonogh School since 1978, including physics, chemistry, and geosciences over the years.  He is author of the book, Maryland's Geology, published by Schiffer Publishers, which is designed to give a basic geologic background & then apply it to the state, for students, teachers, and laymen.  He feels fortunate to have been able to travel to the Andes, the Alps, & the Himalayas, and finds it fascinating to see the variety and similarity of geologic features around the world.  He loves maps and can play around with GIS for hours.  Lately he's been filling his calendar talking to naturalists, teachers, citizens, and park rangers about Maryland geology, and enjoys sharing that information.  And besides looking down at the rocks, he's just as watchful looking up at the weather and the stars, as he finds all of Earth science absorbing!

    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Dulaney Valley Road and Chapelwood Lane
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    Join National Park ranger, Bill Curtis, on a guided hike exploring the ruins of the Northampton Iron Furnace, the 10th iron furnace erected in Maryland. The furnace was built by the Ridgely family, owners of what is now Hampton National Historic Site. The furnace contributed to early America’s wealth, and provided weapons in two wars. Bill will talk about the history of the furnace and its workers, and a little about transportation history in Baltimore County.  He will also discuss the ways that Americans have exploited and changed our natural resources including stone, minerals, wood, and water.

     

    Difficulty: Moderate. We will walk about 2.5 miles. Some of the walking will be off trail, through grass. None of the trail is paved. There are no hills.

    What to wear: PREPARE FOR THE COLD!!! Dress in warm layers with non-cotton articles of clothing, wear gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, etc. And don’t forget good walking shoes/boots.

    What to bring: Water

    Location: We will meet on the east side of Dulaney Valley Road, at its intersection with Chapelwood Lane. Street parking is available on Chapelwood Lane. Please be very careful in crossing Dulaney Valley Road.

    Cost: NHSM Member Price: $10 per person / Non-Member Price: $15 per person

    Note: "Member" refers to being a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland NOT a member of the Natural History Society's Meetup page. We hope you consider becoming a member of NHSM, please visit our webpage at www.marylandnature.org to learn more.

    You can pay in person by cash or check, or online at http://marylandnature.org/events/

    If you don’t see the event you are looking for, please hover your cursor over the image until the vertical scroll bar appears on the right hand side.

    Who’s Bill?

    Bill Curtis is a National Park Ranger currently stationed at Hampton National Historic Site and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. While a history major at Gettysburg College, he began his career as a Licensed Battlefield Guide.  His NPS career has included full time duty as an interpreter, law enforcement officer, and he now works in the Resource Management Division, splitting his time between museum work and helping to care for the historic landscape. He is a Maryland Master Naturalist, and he is happily married and the proud father of two.


    As always this time of year, snow is a possibility! Please check back on Meetup or our Facebook page in the case of cancellation or postponement if snow is a possibility. We will try to make the call the day before at the latest.


    Note: The cover photo is of the Hampton National Historic Site



    ***

    Bill, like most of the other people leading NHSM, is a volunteer, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.  Please consider donating or becoming a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland and visit www.marylandnature.org for more information. Thank you for your support!

Past events

24 Feb 2018 Moss Workshop
21 Feb 2018 Interactive Lecture: May the Quartz Be With You
18 Feb 2018 Nature Songs with Stina: Wetlands, and Meadows, and Forests, Oh My!
18 Feb 2018 RESCHEDULED - Guided Hike: Looking for Bald Eagles in Loch Raven Reservoir
28 Jan 2018 Archaeological Society of MD - Unearthed Stories of the Lincoln Assassination
10 Jan 2018 Science Cafe with Alex Jansen: The Use of Coastal Archaeology to Aid in Today’s Oyster Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay
30 Dec 2017 Moss Workshop
25 Nov 2017 Moss Workshop
12 Nov 2017 Nature Connections: Migrations -- Birds, Butterflies, and Buteos
08 Nov 2017 Recovering from Deer Damage: What is Most Important to You? Lecture with Eugene Meyer
05 Nov 2017 Nature Connections: Pesky Critters
05 Nov 2017 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
21 Oct 2017 Baltimore Bats Walk with Ela-Sita Carpenter
18 Oct 2017 Baltimore Bats Lecture with Ela-Sita Carpenter
11 Oct 2017 National Fossil Day with Paleontologist Dr. Stephen J. Godfrey
24 Sep 2017 Wild Edible Walk with Nick Spero in Herring Run Park
10 Sep 2017 What's all the buzzzzzz at the Natural History Society?
27 Aug 2017 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
10 Aug 2017 Elmer Kreisel: Past and Present Solar Eclipses
06 Aug 2017 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
29 Jul 2017 Moss Workshop
22 Jul 2017 July 22 Lep Club Campout at Green Ridge State Forest
08 Jul 2017 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
25 Jun 2017 Nature Connections: Life of the Chesapeake Bay
24 Jun 2017 June 24 Lep Club campout at Green Ridge State Forest
24 Jun 2017 Moss Workshop
17 Jun 2017 NHSM Lep Club: Moths and Creatures of the Night
17 Jun 2017 Maryland Entomological Society Field Trip
16 Jun 2017 Central Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc. June Meeting
11 Jun 2017 Nature Connections: Preparing Wild Edibles
27 May 2017 Moss Workshop
25 Mar 2017 Moss Workshop
22 Mar 2017 Botany for Beginners - with Vanessa Beauchamp - Six Sessions – $144.00 (USD)
27 Feb 2017 Maryland Mammals - with Kerry Wixted - Five Sessions
25 Feb 2017 Moss Workshop
28 Jan 2017 Moss Workshop
31 Dec 2016 Moss Workshop
26 Nov 2016 Moss Workshop
06 Nov 2016 Fossil Trip: Stratford Cliffs, with John Nance
29 Oct 2016 Moss Workshop
16 Oct 2016 Fossil Trip: Scientists Cliffs, with John Nance
13 Oct 2016 October 13 Mushroom Walk
04 Oct 2016 Maryland's Geology - with Martin Schmidt - Six Sessions
24 Sep 2016 Moss Workshop
21 Sep 2016 WILD PLANT WORKSHOP SERIES: demonstrations for using wild plants for a variety of techniques and applications
20 Sep 2016 volunteer night
27 Aug 2016 Moss Workshop
20 Aug 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
17 Aug 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
30 Jul 2016 Moss Workshop
17 Jul 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
13 Jul 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
22 Jun 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
18 Jun 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
28 May 2016 Moss Workshop
21 May 2016 Spring Bird Walk - Cromwell Valley Park
30 Apr 2016 Moss Workshop
26 Mar 2016 Moss Workshop
20 Mar 2016 A Celebration of Song with Wil Hershberger
27 Feb 2016 Moss Workshop
20 Feb 2016 William Hamilton Gibson: Naturalist, Artist, Author
17 Feb 2016 May the Quartz Be With You
30 Jan 2016 Moss Workshop
16 Jan 2016 History of Life Through Fossils
26 Dec 2015 Moss Workshop
28 Nov 2015 Moss Workshop
24 Oct 2015 Moss Workshop
17 Oct 2015 Basic Botanical Drawing with Mary Ellen Carsley
14 Oct 2015 History of Life Through Fossils
10 Oct 2015 Listening for Bats with Shannon Pederson
28 Sep 2015 What's this plant?
26 Sep 2015 Maryland Fish - In the River with Stan Kemp
26 Sep 2015 Moss Workshop
14 Sep 2015 What's this plant?
29 Aug 2015 Moss Workshop
24 Aug 2015 What's this plant?
10 Aug 2015 What's this plant?
06 Aug 2015 Songs of Insects with Wil Hershberger
27 Jul 2015 What's this plant?
25 Jul 2015 Moss Workshop
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The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.


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